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William Robert Sargent Wilberforce, Capt, MC

Birthdate: (24)
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England UK
Death: June 2, 1918 (24)
Immediate Family:

Son of Very Revd Ernest Wilberforce, Bishop of Newcastle and Chichester and Emily Henrietta Maude Wilberforce
Brother of Ethel Maude Walker; Katharine Sibyl Lee; Arthur Roland George Wilberforce, OBE; Emily Geraldine Wilberforce; Phoebe Mary Wilberforce and 1 other

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About William Robert Sargent Wilberforce, Capt, MC

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  • First Name: William Robert Sargent
  • Initials: W
  • Surname: Wilberforce
  • Nationality: British
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Rank (2nd): T/Captain
  • Gallantry Awards: Military Cross

This decoration was awarded to William Robert Sargent Wilberforce for an act or acts of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy.

  • Citations for the M.C. were published in the London Gazette during the Great War.
  • Gazette Info: 8386
  • Gazette Date: 16/08/1917
  • Duty Location: AIR
  • Service: British Army
  • Regiment: King's Royal Rifle Corps


  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Date of Death: 02/06/1918
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force and King's Royal Rifle Corps
  • Grave Reference: Near tower of old church.


Transcription of entry in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour:

William Robert Sargent Wilberforce, Capt., The King’s Royal Rifle Corps, attd. Royal Air Force, youngest son of Ernest Roland Wilberforce, late Lord Bishop of Chichester by his wife Emily (17 Eccleston Square, SW), only daughter of the late Very Rev. George H Connor, Dean of Windsor and Domestic Chaplain to Queen Victoria; born Bennell Tower, co. Northumberland, 12 June 1893; educated Summerfields, Oxford, and Winchester College where he gained many athletic distinctions, winning the school steeplechase, and being a member of Commoner eleven and the Association football team; gazetted 2nd Lieut. 7th Battalion The King’s Royal Rifle Corps in August 1914; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 1915; was attached to the Royal Flying Corps in January 1916; shortly after obtaining his Wings he proceeded to Egypt and served continuously there, and in Palestine, for 12 months, being present at the 1st Battle of Gaza; returned to England in 1917, and was employed as Instructor and Squadron Commander at the Central Flying School, Upavon, and was accidentally killed, while flying there, 2 June 1918. Buried at Shedfield.

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June 12, 1893
Tyne and Wear, England UK
June 2, 1918
Age 24